Investigators still searching for cause of fatal fire

6:56 PM, Dec 10, 2012   |    comments
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BRISTOL, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - State fire investigators have identified the woman killed in Sunday's fire in Bristol. They say 69-year old Lynn Ring was found lying in the doorway between the house and the garage of the house at 16 Oceanside Lane.

Her husband, 70-year old John Ring, was found lying injured on the lawn. Investigators say he was released from the hospital sometime Sunday night. An adult daughter also lived at the house, but she was at work at the time of the fire.

Investigators say the fire started in the garage, but they don't yet know why. A team from the Fire Marshal's office and the Maine State Police worked at the house late into the night, searching for the cause. Sgt. Ken Grimes of the Fire Marshal's office says they're confident it started in the garage, but says there are many things that could have caused or fueled the blaze.

This was the second serious fire at the same address. The Bristol Fire Department says the Ring's house burned flat in March of 2011, and the cause of that fire was never determined. The current house was built later that same year. At this stage of the investigation, says Grimes, they don't know if the fire was accidental or intentional, because they don't have enough information.

"Trying to put it together," says Sgt. Grimes, "there are so many possibilities that as far as fuels and ignition sources you'd find in a garage, it's going to take some time to definitively say for sure".

The Medical Examiner's Office says it will likely take several more weeks to precisely determine the cause of death in the case.

Meanwhile, local fire and rescue officials and the Sheriff's Department say there have been many emergency calls to the same address in recent years. Investigators say they will olook into that history bas part of the case, to see if there's any possible connection to Sunday's fire.

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